The LFWC provides basic health needs and support services through the following programs:
Closing the Gap for the Underserved – Focuses on covering co-pays for doctor visits and necessary prescription medications and/or medical supplies. Routine care is our chief focus for chronically and mentally ill clients, so LFWC finances temporary primary and specialty doctor appointment fees. Since our clients require a wide range of medications to manage their conditions, program funds are often used for the uninsured to pay for prescriptions that are not covered by other programs; or pay occasional co-payment balances for individuals with Medicaid or Medicare. This program also provides a large array of medical supplies for clients to maintain their health and well-being.
Food & Fuel Assistance – Provides our clients with additional food supplements and fuel for transportation to and from medical appointments. Most of the clients assisted by LFWC have incomes that fall below the federal poverty line and face food hardships, even if some utilize food stamps. The food gift cards issued through this program pay for nutritional supplements, vitamins, food items not covered by food stamps and incidentals. Additionally, many clients are unable to get to routine treatment appointments due unreliable vehicles, lack of funds for fuel, or lack of transportation. To address these barriers, LFWC provides clients with gas cards or monthly pre-paid bus passes to help ensure they will be able to get to their treatments.
Homeless Prevention – Assists low-income adults who live in unsafe neighborhoods, their cars, shelters, or motels. Other adults we help face the threat of eviction due to a health crisis. In these cases, LFWC will step in to assist with partial rent; or assist with a security deposit towards designated Section 8/Public Housing properties. Referrals of clients in need of affordable housing assistance come from community partners such as the Raleigh Housing Authority, the Salvation Army, and Triangle Family Services. We also partner with neighborhood congregations to combine resources to help families furnish their apartments. By coordinating with these area agencies, LFWC helps to sustain affordable housing options for our clients, allowing them to start a new chapter towards a healthy life.
Lighting the Way – Provides light, gas and water assistance for clients who are experiencing financial hardship and unable to pay their full utility bills. Additionally, many of our clients have received final utility notices or have already had their utilities shut off and are in a state of crisis. Most of our clients are in poor health and require electricity for medical equipment such as oxygen tanks and nebulizers, and/or refrigeration for insulin and other medications. These one-time, partial utility payments help provide emergency assistance so that a client’s health does not suffer.